Spotify CEO Admits Policy Removing Alleged Abusers From Playlists Was 'Rolled Out Wrong'

This May, Spotify took it upon themselves to enact a new “hateful content and hateful conduct” policy, which removed the music of artists R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from the service’s promoted playlists. The measure was enacted following allegations that Kelly has, for decades, sexually abused underage girls and…

People Are Streaming R. Kelly Even More After Spotify Stopped Promoting Him

On May 10, Spotify announced that it was removing R. Kelly’s songs from its branded playlists, but not from the streaming service entirely. The move, part of Spotify’s new “hate content policy,” was undoubtedly influenced by the #MuteRKelly campaign, which in addition to asking RCA Records and Ticketmaster to drop R.…

Taylor Swift's Music Slithers Back Onto Streaming Services as Katy Perry's New Album Is Released

In what might go down as the most devious act of Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s years-long feud (over backup dancers of all things), the artist commonly referred to as a snake emoji decided to make her entire catalog available on streaming services like Spotify almost three years after having them removed. The addition…

The Best Thing I've Ever Made Is This Key Change Playlist, Which Turns 5 Years Old Today

On October 18, 2011, when fall was actually cold and Billy Bush was still employed, I dragged 38 songs into a new playlist. Among them were Mariah Carey’s perfect pop track “Always Be My Baby,” Beyoncé’s wonderfully endless “Love On Top,” Des’ree’s effortless and empowering “You Gotta Be,” and Bonnie Tyler’s karaoke…